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Summary: 1 of 3. The Holy Spirit confirmed Elizabeth & Mary as yokefellows(partners) who shared their experience in God’s service. Yokefellows(partners) share their part in God’s service. But what exactly do they share? Yokefellows in God’s service share...

WHAT YOKEFELLOWs SHARE—I—Luke 1:39-56

The Holy Spirit confirmed Elizabeth & Mary as yokefellows(partners) who shared their experience in God’s service.

Yokefellows(partners) share their part in God’s service.

What do yokefellows in God’s service share?

Yokefellows in God’s service share...

1—Yokefellows in God’s service share...

EXCITEMENT(:39-40)

Explanation: (:39-40)Excitement(with haste)/Thrilled/Exhilaration

:39—“Now Mary arose in those days & went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah,”

“In those days”—At the time when Mary had received the news of her favor in God’s sight.

Mary departed Nazareth(:26) for the “hill-country” of Judah. She came to an unnamed city of there. The “hill country” parallels the Jordan River & Dead Sea to its west, extending southward roughly from the Jordan’s southern half & down about ⅔ of the Dead Sea’s N-S length. It includes the cities of Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Hebron. “It basically stretches 40 mi. [64 km] from Jerusalem in the north, south to the area just north of Beersheba. The hills in this region range from 2,500 to 3,000 ft. [760 to 920 m.] above sea level.—Holy Land Photos.org

“Luke uses” [“hill country”] “twice in this context (here & 1:65) instead of to orov, the mountains. It is an old word & is in the LXX, but nowhere else in the N.T. The name of the city where Zacharias lived is not given unless Judah here means Juttah (Jos 15:55). Hebron was the chief city of this part of Judea.”—RWP

“Arose”—anisthmi—1) To cause to rise up, raise up; 2) To rise, stand up; 3) At arise, appear, stand forth.

“Haste”—spoudh—1) Haste, with haste; 2) Earnestness, diligence.

“Hill country”—oreinov—1) Mountainous, hilly; 2) The mountain district, hill country. From—orov— A Mountain—Strong—probably from an obsolete orw (to rise or "rear"); a mountain (as lifting itself above the plain):-- hill, mount(-ain).

“City”—poliv—A city. Strong—A town (properly, with walls, of greater or less size):-- City.

:40—“& entered the house of Zacharias & greeted Elizabeth.”

At this point Zacharias had been mute for 6mths after his incident with Gabriel at the Altar of Incense in the Holy Place of the Temple (:20-25, :36).

She traveled to Judah in order to come to Elizabeth. She thus entered Zacharias’ home.

Elizabeth was Mary’s kin(:36—“Relative/Cousin”—Kinsman related by blood.)

Mary “greeted” Elizabeth—They embraced one another(as close as one can with Elizabeth being 6mths pregnant!).

“Greeted/Saluted”—aspazomai—V.—1) To draw to one’s self, 1a) To salute one, greet, bid welcome, wish well to, 1b) To receive joyfully, welcome. Strong—To enfold in the arms, i.e. (by implication) To salute, (figuratively) To welcome:-- Embrace, greet, salute, take leave. From —spaw—To draw out. Noun translated “Greeting” in :29.

Argumentation:

Rev. 2:1-5, 7—““To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place--unless you repent.”....“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”’”

Php 1:27—2:2—“Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come & see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, & not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, & that from God. For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me & now hear is in me. Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection & mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”

Rev. 3:20—““Behold, I stand at the door & knock. If anyone hears My voice & opens the door, I will come in to him & dine with him, & he with Me.”

Jn. 15:11—Jesus said—““These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, & that your joy may be full.”

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